Known Unknowns: Unconventional ‘Strategic Shocks’ in Defence Strategy Development

The United States Army War College as issued a document disussing how to prepare and react if there are riots within the US as a result of an economic collapse. Here are some quotes fromt the document itself. The full document can be viewed by clicking HERE.

The military must be prepared for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States”, in the light of “unforeseen economic collapse”

It talks of “purposeful domestic resistance”, “pervasive public health emergencies” or “loss of functioning political and legal order”

“Widespread civil violence … would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security. An American government and defense establishment lulled into complacency by a long-secure domestic order would be forced to rapidly divest some or most external security commitments in order to address rapidly expanding human insecurity at home.”

“Under the most extreme circumstances, this might include use of military force against hostile groups inside the United States.

The document says that the Department of Defense would be the “enabling hub” for the continuity of political authority in a multi-state or nationwide civil conflict or disturbance“.

In plain non-Orwellian English, the military will control the country.


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